When was the last time you viewed your life through the eyes of a child? Did you know that we can learned some of our most valuable lessons from the children in our lives?
The moment I made that connection was the moment I lived and loved from a new and fresh prespective. My boyfriend Mark and I went to church today. The youth pastor preached the sermon today and to say that the lesson was powerful AND relevant to my life experience would simply be an understatement.
It was literally a “Lightbulb Eureka” moment for me.
The sermon was taken from Matthew 18:1. Jesus was asked by his disciples” Who, then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” In verse 3 Jesus responds by saying “ Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. In many ways Jesus is telling us that we must use our child-like lense as we view ourselves, our faith and the world around us in order to receive our reward.
We must not be so caught up in ourselves and our own vision that we lack the faith, humility and vision that is required to learn our life lessons to achieve our rewards. Children are great at being empty vessels ready to soak up knowledge and experience.
Children are born humble and flexible and are therefore much more teachable than most adults. I had to learn as an adult that I as a woman I had much to teach but most importantly I still had much yet to learn. Once I humbled myself and opened myself up to God’s process for my life thing drastically changed. I began to see my life through the innocent wide eyes wonder of a child.
When I stopped worrying about what I didn’t have and began to accept and fully appreciate what I already had, wonderful things started to happen for me. It was only then that God could trust me with the greater responsibility and treasures that he had waiting for me. Once I began to experience my life through the lense of a child, it allowed me to learn more, listen more, love more and trust more.
Below are 4 are the most valuable lessons I learned through the wide eyed wonder of children.
1. Never Lose Your Sense of Wide- Eyed Wonder
Children are AMAZED by new experiences. They love exploring new sights and sounds. Learning how to keep my life exciting by traveling to different places and meeting different types of people opened up many new opportunties. Not only did I expand my horizons, I created beautiful memories I will carry with me for a very long time. Each new place I visited and each new person I met gave me an opportunity to see life in a totally new and exciting way and enrich my life in more way than I can count. I can’t wait to watch with wide eyed wonder as I discover will get me outside of my comfort zone and experience new opportunities and new growth.
2. Find Joy In The Simplest Of Things.
Children seem to be the best at finding simple joy in the simpliest of things. From making funny faces and silly noises to running barefoot in the rain on a hot summer day, children live for the moment. It isn’t until someone else tells them it’s wrong that they stop. I had to re-learn how to slow down and live for the moment. I hope I never forget again.
3. Learn To Trust
Children are born with a natural ability to trust their parents and those that love them. It isn’t until we experience pain and loss that we lose the abiliity to trust. Regaining our trust in others and in ourselves in the face of our doubts and fears is critical in living and loving again.I had to learn to trust God’s plan for the me more than I trusted my own. Once I allowed my life to unfold naturally and stopped trying to force things to happen, I knew I had found my recipe for successful living.
4. Crawl Before You Walk
Children learn to crawl before they walk. Learning to stand on your own two feet, get and keep your balance learning to walk takes not only skill but it takes patience. The most valuable lesson that I learn through the eyes of a child was to be patient with myself.
I had to learn that I wasn’t perfect and my life wasn’t meant to be either. It’s okay to make mistakes, in fact they are required for growth. In order to have growth, I must be patient with the mistakes I’ve made along the way and God’s process and plan for my life.
The pain of my past may have bent me but in no way has it broken me. My mistakes have only made me stronger and wiser for the journey ahead. Learning to be patient through my process hasn’t been easy but it has been necessary to be where I am today.
When was the last time you saw your life through the wide eyed wonder of a child? What are some of your favorite child like qualities? Please feel free to share your favorite in the comments below. Be creative and have fun. I’d love to read them. A wise woman once said we all have something to teach and something to learn.